Please fill out this form to nominate an outstanding candidate for
the John Andrew Ross Award!
This award is named for the outstanding contributions
made by Mr. Ross, director of Langston Hughes' BLACK NATIVITY, over the past thirty-five years. 2006 will mark the second
year of offering this award.
"We felt that the installation of what will be the annual John Ross Award for Theater Excellence was the right thing to
do based on John Andrew Ross' many contributions over the years to raise the bar of excellence in Community Theater. It is
a small thing for a man that has given so much," stated Haywood Fennell, Sr., Artistic Director of the Oscar Micheaux After
School Theater program based at the Blackstone Community Center.
Khamara Cleaves, Choreographer/Dancer, Student at the Boston Arts Academy
Julian Briggs, Actor/Vocalist, Student at the Boston Arts Academy
Jiri Baskerville, student, Grace Productions, Providence, RI.
Justin Rojas, student, Life Symphony Inc. Culture & Youth Enrichment Program
Jesse C. Tolbert, student, Emerson College and Boston Arts Academy graduate
Derrick Timolthy Hannah, Boston Arts Academy graduate/ Musician.
A special posthumous award in honor of Shandell Mitchell, (Triple Threat) who was an early member of the Oscar Micheaux Family
Theater Program will be presented to his Mother.
Akiba Abaka, Founder, Up You Mighty Race Theater Group
Sophia Hayes, Founder, Stajez Center for the Arts
James Ruffin, Jr.
Darcie-Nicole Wicknick, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Boston Hip-Hop Alliance
We also presented a special award for Karen Warren, who recently passed away due to an acute Asthma attack. Her family will
accept her award. We dearly miss Karen and hope that our information booth on Asthma will be very helpful to all.
Pastor William E. Dickerson of Greater Love Tabernacle
Richard Habib Evans
Caroline Shaw Moses
Victoria Howard Robinson